Caleb Woodall is undertaking an MPhil in American History at Pembroke College, supervised by Professor Gary Gerstle. He obtained a first class degree in BA History from the University of Cambridge in 2021. His undergraduate dissertation examined the amorphous concept of 'Americanism' as it was deployed by members of labour federations in 1930s Illinois and Louisiana at their annual state labour conventions.
Caleb’s MPhil dissertation will explore 'labour's civil war' from 1933 to 1950, examining the increasing bureaucratisation of what began as a mass militant movement founded on concern for the rank-and-file. In doing so, the dissertation aims to determine the causes and consequences of the dilution of labour militancy through a reassessment of the New Deal's final 'incorporation' of the working class into the life of the state.
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